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Rowan Appoints Tore I. Sandvold as New Director



               Rowan Appoints Tore I. Sandvold as New Director

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, May 29, 2013

HOUSTON, May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Rowan Companies plc ("Rowan" or the
"Company") (NYSE: RDC) announced the appointment of Tore I. Sandvold to its
Board of Directors effective as of May 31, 2013.  Mr. Sandvold has over 30
years of experience in the oil and energy industry, having served in the
Norwegian Ministry of Industry, Oil & Energy in a variety of positions,
including as Director General, as the Counselor for Energy in the Norwegian
Embassy in Washington, D.C., and as executive Chairman of Petoro AS, the
Norwegian state-owned oil company. Mr. Sandvold also serves on several boards
of directors, including Schlumberger Limited and Teekay Corporation.  Mr.
Sandvold is also executive Chairman of Sandvold Energy AS, an advisory company
in the energy business.

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Jack Lentz, Rowan's Chairman of the Board, stated, "We are delighted to have
Mr. Sandvold join our Board. We are confident that his vast experience in the
energy sector will contribute significantly to the Company."

Rowan Companies plc is a major provider of international and domestic contract
drilling services with a leading position in high-specification jack-up rigs. 
The Company's fleet of 31 jack-up rigs is located worldwide, including the
Middle East, the North Sea, Trinidad, Egypt, Southeast Asia and the Gulf of
Mexico.  Rowan will enter the ultra-deepwater market with four
high-specification drillships expected to be delivered starting in late 2013. 
The Company's Class A Ordinary Shares are traded on the New York Stock
Exchange under the symbol "RDC".  For more information on the Company, please
visit www.rowancompanies.com.

SOURCE Rowan Companies plc

Website: http://www.rowancompanies.com
Contact: Suzanne M. Spera, Director, Investor Relations, (713) 960-7517,
sspera@rowancompanies.com
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